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11th Circuit Says Anti-SLAPP Law Doesn’t Belong in Federal Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an appeal by CNN to dismiss a libel case over the cable network’s 2015 investigation of infant deaths at a Florida hospital.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an appeal by CNN to dismiss a libel case over the cable network’s 2015 investigation of infant deaths at a Florida hospital. The opinion, penned by Circuit Judge William Pryor, rejected CNN’s contention that a pending federal defamation case against the network should be thrown out under Georgia’s anti-SLAPP law, O.C.G.A. §9-11-11.1. The unanimous three-judge-panel opinion also dismissed CNN’s petition to overturn a 2017 decision by the Northern District of Georgia to not dismiss the case.

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